On to the Main Event! Day 4 brings the Group Stage of TI9 to a close as the Upper and Lower Bracket squads have been decided in Shanghai
The final day of Group Stage play has officially come to an end at TI9, and we know know which squads will be advancing to the Upper and Lower Bracket of the Main Event, as well as which 2 teams have been knocked out of the running in Shanghai. Surprisingly enough, the proceedings on Day 4 were actually fairly straightforward, as all of the slots in the group standings were determined out right without the need for any additional tiebreaker matches. While the squad’s were spared the extra pressure of those high stakes tiebreaker scenarios, the final day of the Group Stage still had its fair share of drama and excitement as the teams in the field all took their last shots at improving their positions heading into the Main Event.
In Group A, the duo of PSG.LGD and Team Secret were joined by Newbee and TNC Predator as the group’s Upper Bracket representatives, with both squads finishing their Group Stage runs with 9 wins. The duo of Alliance and Mineski each managed to earn 1-1 draws in their lone series of the day, but those efforts left the 2 teams short of the mark for tiebreakers with 8 wins each as they advanced to the Lower Bracket. Also advancing to the Lower Bracket is the duo of Team Liquid and Keen Gaming, with the former losing its sole series of the day to finish with 6 wins, while Keen Gaming did not play any matches on Day 4 to finish with 5 wins. Chaos Esports Club had already been mathematically eliminated from Main Event contention after Day 3, but the European squad did at least manage to add 1 more win to its total with a 1-1 draw against Team Secret to close out the Group Stage with 3 wins.
In Group B, defending TI8 Champion OG was joined by the trio of Vici Gaming, EG, and VP as the 4 squads to advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. Vici Gaming retained its 2nd place position in the group standings with a 3-1 record on the day, while EG and VP both moved up in the standings with a pair of 3-1 showings of their own. Behind that group came the trio of Infamous, Fnatic, and Na’Vi, with all three teams coming up just short of the mark to force a tiebreaker scenario with 7 wins each. Na’Vi in particular had a rough go of things on Day 4, as its 0-2 loss to Vici Gaming in its lone series of the day saw it fall from 3rd to 7th in the Group B standings. Another squad that suffered a bit of a fall in the standings was the final team to advance to the Lower Bracket in RNG. The Chinese squad posted a 1-3 record on Day 4, falling from a tie for 5th to 8th in Group B. The good news for the squad though was that it remained safe from elimination, as European squad NiP failed to take advantage of its final opportunity to save itself from an early exit in Shanghai. The squad went 1-3 on the final day of the Group Stage, finishing with a 3-13 overall record to finish at the bottom of the Group B standings.
Records by region
Total Record: 18-14 (4-2 on Day 4)
vs. other regions: 18-14 (4-2 on Day 4)
Total Record: 7-9 (2-2 on Day 4)
vs. other regions: 7-9 (2-2 on Day 4)
Total Record: 45-51 (5-9 on Day 4)
vs. other regions: 31-37 (3-7 on Day 4)
Total Record: 15-17 (3-3 on Day 4)
vs. other regions: 13-15 (3-3 on Day 4)
Total Record: 24-24 (5-3 on Day 4)
vs. other regions: 22-22 (5-3 on Day 4)
Total Record: 35-29 (5-5 on Day 4)
vs. other regions: 31-25 (5-5 on Day 4)
Standout individual Performances on Day 4
Highest Kill Count (in a single match): Ori – 24
Highest Kill Count (total): Ori – 49
Highest Assist Count (in a single match): Fade & Fly – 31
Highest Assist Count (total): Fly – 86
Fewest Deaths (in a single match): SumaiL, CCnC, Paparazi, LaNm, Nikobaby, K1, Monet, & Chris Luck – 0
Fewest Deaths (total): YawaR – 3
Highest Last Hit Count (in a single match): Arteezy – 651
Highest Last Hit Count (total): RAMZES666 – 1,848
Highest GPM (in a single match): YawaR- 1,119
Best Averages of TI9
Kills per game: ana – 10.44
Deaths per game: Ame – 1.75
Assists per game: Fly – 17.31
GPM: YawaR- 718
Last Hits: YawaR – 485
KDA Ratio: Maybe – 9.94
Most picked hero of Day 4: Elder Titan & Storm Spirit – 11
Most picked hero of TI9: Elder Titan – 54
Most banned hero of Day 4: Mirana – 19
Most banned hero of TI9: Alchemist & Enchantress – 99
Highest combined pick/ban rate of Day 4: Mirana, Alchemist, & Enchantress – 21 (87.50% of all matches)
Highest combined pick/ban rate of TI9: Alchemist – 125 (86.81% of all matches)
|9th||Chaos Esports Club||3-13|
|8th||Royal Never Give Up||6-10|
|9th||Ninjas in Pyjamas||3-13|
With Day 4 in the books, we can take a brief look at how each of the team’s performed in their final matches of the TI9 Group Stage. This section will outline each of the team’s match ups for the day, along with the results of said match ups and the team’s overall record both for the day in question, and across TI9 as a whole.
Format: Team Name (Record Overall) (Record for Day): [Matches for Day]
Win = 2-0 Draw = 1-1 Loss = 0-2
Alliance (8-8) (1-1): [Draw vs. PSG.LGD]:
Alliance came into its final series of the Group Stage with a rather daunting challenge before it, as the European squad faced off against Group A leader PSG.LGD. With the team playing for a shot at a spot in the Upper Bracket, Alliance turned in an interesting performance in this series, blowing out its opponent in Game 1 before suffering a massively one sided loss in Game 2 to pull out a 1-1 draw in the series. That draw put the squad at 8-8 overall, but that record proved insufficient to earn Alliance a spot in the Upper Bracket. With both Newbee and TNC Predator reaching the 9 win mark on Day 4, Alliance ended up just short of a potential tiebreaker scenario as it finished 5th in Group A.
Chaos Esports Club (3-13) (1-1): [Draw vs. Team Secret]:
With the team already mathematically eliminated from contention for the Main Event coming into Day 4, Chaos Esports Club had nothing to play for in its final series of the Group Stage save for its own personal pride. The squad faced a tough challenge in the form of Team Secret, but the European squad did manage to put together something of a consolation prize as it earned a 1-1 draw in that series. At 3-13, the team didn’t exactly put together the most impressive of performances in Shanghai. However, the fact that Chaos Esports Club came into TI9 as a massive underdog means that this disappointing showing on the Dota 2 world’s biggest stage doesn’t come as much of a surprise. The silver lining for Chaos Esports Club is that it did show a few flashes of its potential at this event, and the squad could end up playing a larger role in the European scene next season should its current roster remain intact through the offseason.
Keen Gaming (5-11) (0-0): [No matches on Day 4]:
With all of its matches already played, Keen Gaming entered Day 4 already knowing where it would be headed once the Group Stage came to a close. Thanks to the weak play of Chaos Esports Club, the Chinese squad could not be elimination from its group, but also had not path to the Upper Bracket with just 5 wins to its name. As such, the squad effectively had a day off in Day 4, as the squad got the chance to watch the final matches unfold and prepare itself for a tough battle in the Lower Bracket of the Main Event.
Mineski (8-8) (1-1): [Draw vs. Newbee]:
Mineski came into Day 4 with a realistic shot at earning itself a spot in the Upper Bracket, but it needed to put together a solid showing against Newbee in its final scheduled series of the Group Stage. The series itself proved to be decidedly noncompetitive, as Mineski stomped its opponent in Game 1 before suffering a blowout loss in Game 2 to take a 1-1 draw in the series. The draw left the Southeast Asian squad with a respectable 8-8 Group Stage record, but that record proved just a bit short of the mark needed to force a tiebreaker scenario for an Upper Bracket slot. Newbee’s win in this series combined with a 2-0 victory for TNC Predator against Team Liquid left both squads with 9 wins to their name, compared to the 8 of Mineski. With that, the squad found itself finishing 7th in the Group A standings and advancing to the Lower Bracket of the Main Event.
Newbee (9-7) (1-1): [Draw vs. Mineski]:
Newbee came into Day 4 of the Group Stage in the 3rd place position in Group A, but the squad needed to put together one last solid showing in its lone series of the day to retain that favorable position and claim a place in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. The team’s single series of the day began in fairly horrible fashion, with the squad being out killed 8-20 in a massively one sided loss to Mineski. However, the squad managed to bounce back in Game 2, putting together a stomp of its own and out killing Mineski 28-7 to claim a win and salvage a 1-1 draw in the series. At 9-7, Newbee was able to secure itself a place in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, denying the likes of Alliance and Mineski a tiebreaker scenario.
PSG.LGD (13-3) (1-1): [Draw vs. Alliance]:
With its place at the top of the Group A standings already locked down, PSG.LGD came into Day 4 with no real sense of pressure as it faced off against Alliance in its final series of the Group Stage. Said series produced a pair of incredibly one sided matches, as PSG.LGD was blown out by Alliance in Game 1 only to put together a dominant showing of its own to win Game 2 and secure a 1-1 draw with the European squad. That draw brought PSG.LGD’s overall record to 13-3, as the Chinese team closes out one of the most impressive performances of the Group Stage. With the top spot in its group, PSG.LGD will have the benefit of choosing its first opponent in the Main Event, and will almost assuredly pick the most advantageous match up possible for its first series on the main stage of TI9.
Team Liquid (6-10) (0-2): [Loss vs. TNC Predator]:
Team Liquid came into the final day of the Group Stage with a path still open for it to claim a place in the Upper Bracket. However, that path required quite a few things to go perfectly for the European squad, beginning with its lone scheduled series of the day against TNC Predator. Unfortunately, things went wrong at step 1 for Team Liquid, as the team suffered a fairly one sided 0-2 defeat in said series. With the team unable to claim any extra victories on Day 4, Team Liquid ended its Group Stage run with a 6-10 overall record, locking the squad into a position in the Lower Bracket of the Main Event.
Team Secret (11-5) (1-1): [Draw vs. Chaos Esports Club]:
With its spot in the Upper Bracket already secure coming into Day 4, Team Secret didn’t have to care much about the results of its final series of the Group Stage, as the team faced off against fellow European squad Chaos Esports Club. The series resulted in a 1-1 draw for Team Secret, although it should probably be noted that the European squad put together some unconventional drafts across the 2 games with picks like Techies and Viper. While the squad may have taken a somewhat more relaxed approach to its lone series on Day 4, don’t expect Team Secret to similarly slow down once the Main Event itself begins, as the team stands as one of the more formidable forces in the field.
TNC Predator (9-7) (2-0): [Win vs. Team Liquid]:
TNC Predator came into Day 4 with an incredible number of possible scenarios, with the squad having the potential to finish anywhere from 3rd to 7th in the Group A standings. Fortunately for the Southeast Asian squad, it managed to take its fate into its own hands with an impressive performance against Team Liquid as it claimed a 2-0 victory over the TI7 winner. That victory pushed the team’s record to 9-7 overall, putting it just above the duo of Alliance and Mineski to claim an Upper Bracket slot outright without the need for any extra tiebreaker matches.
Evil Geniuses (9-7) (3-1): [Draw vs. Virtus.pro, Win vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas]:
After struggling on the opening day of the Group Stage, EG had turned in some solid showings on Days 2 and 3, and entered Day 4 at 4th in the Group B standings with a shot at locking down a spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. With that coveted position on the line, the North American squad put together a strong showing in its final 2 series, taking a 1-1 draw against VP and taking down NiP 2-0 to push its overall record to 9-7. That record proved to be enough to keep EG out of any potential tiebreaker scenarios, with its 9 victories securing it a 3rd place finish in Group B and a place in the Upper Bracket. Despite getting off to a somewhat slow start, the North American squad appeared to steadily improve over the rest of the Group Stage, and now stands in a favorable position in Shanghai as the Main Event is set to get underway on the 20th.
Fnatic (7-9) (2-2): [Win vs. Royal Never Give Up, Loss vs. Virtus.pro]:
Fnatic entered Day 4 as a part of a rather sizable tie within the Group B standings, as the team had the same number of wins as 3 others squads at the start of the day. With 2 series left to play though, there were quite a few scenarios in play for the Southeast Asian squad, ranging from an Upper Bracket slot to even being eliminated from contention for the Main Event altogether. The team managed to immediately keep itself safe from that latter scenario with a 2-0 victory over RNG, but could not keep that momentum going as it fell 0-2 in its final series of the day against VP. Those performances left the team with a 7-9 overall record, which had Fnatic finishing in the 7th place position to advance to the Lower Bracket of the Main Event.
Infamous (7-9) (2-2): [Draw vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas, Draw vs. Royal Never Give Up]:
To this point in the Group Stage, Infamous had proven itself to be a much stronger squad than many had believed, as the South American squad entered Day 4 with a 5-7 record and a shot at earning a spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. With 2 series to play on Day 4, the squad held its fate in its own hands, with strong showings against NiP and RNG having the potential to earn the squad that coveted position. Unfortunately, Infamous could not fully take advantage of its opportunities, putting together a pair of 1-1 draws to finish the day with a 2-2 mark that improved its overall record to 7-9. That record left the squad just short of the mark to trigger a tiebreaker scenario for an Upper Bracket slot, with the team ending up 1 win below the 4th place team in its group. Despite not earning itself an Upper Bracket slot, the South American squad still managed to earn itself a place at the Main Event, already surpassing the meager expectations that had been laid out for it prior to the start of TI9.
Natus Vincere (7-9) (0-2): [Loss vs. Vici Gaming]:
Na’Vi came into Day 4 in 3rd place in the Group B standings, but the CIS squad needed to put together a solid showing against Vici Gaming in order to maintain that position. As it turned out, Na’Vi wasn’t quite up to that task, losing its series against Vici Gaming 0-2 to finish with a 7-9 overall record. Without any extra wins on the final day of the Group Stage, Na’Vi found itself hoping for the right results from the other series of the day in order to keep its hopes alive for a tiebreaker to earn an Upper Bracket slot. Unfortunately for Na’Vi, those scenarios did not play out in its favor, as Group B featured no tiebreaker matches at all and the CIS squad found itself finishing 5th in its group to advance to the Lower Bracket of the Main Event.
Ninjas in Pyjamas (3-13) (1-3): [Draw vs. Infamous, Loss vs. Evil Geniuses]:
It was do or die time for NiP heading into Day 4 of the Group Stage at TI9, as the European squad finding itself with one final shot at avoiding elimination and putting together some kind of miracle run to keep its run in Shanghai alive. The squad had 4 matches to play on Day 4, and needed wins in at least 3 of them to have any shot at a tiebreaker to avoid elimination. Unfortunately, the squad failed to hit that mark, taking a 1-1 draw against Infamous before falling 0-2 to EG to finish the day at 1-3 to bring its overall record to a disappointing 3-13. With that final performance, the team was confirmed to be eliminated from contention for a spot at the Main Event, completing one of the most shocking developments of TI9 so far as NiP suffered an early exit in Shanghai.
OG (14-2) (1-1): [Draw vs. Vici Gaming]:
The stakes weren’t all that high for OG as it came into Day 4 of the Group Stage, as the defending TI Champion had already secured itself both a spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event and the best record in the Group B standings. That being said, a match up against Vici Gaming offered the team one last chance to put its strength on display before the start of the Main Event, and the squad certainly put together a respectable showing with a 1-1 draw against the Chinese squad. That performance pushed the team’s overall record up to 14-2 in this Group Stage, and sets the squad up as one of the most formidable teams in the field heading into the Main Event. No matter what opponent OG ends up facing off against in Shanghai, the TI8 Champion will enter that match up with a completely warranted sense of strength and confidence after this impressive Group Stage run.
Royal Never Give Up (6-10) (1-3): [Loss vs. Fnatic, Draw vs. Infamous]:
RNG entered Day 4 of the Group Stage in a 4 way tie for 5th in the Group B standings, with the Chinese squad having a shot at potentially claiming a spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event based on how well it could play in its final 2 series. Unfortunately, the team didn’t put together its best showings in said series, losing 0-2 to Fnatic before salvaging a 1-1 draw against Infamous to close out the Group Stage with a 6-10 overall record. The goods news for the squad is that it remained safe from the threat of elimination, as NiP’s continued struggles kept it well clear of any tiebreaker’s along the 8th-9th place divide. Unfortunately, RNG’s performance also left it clear of tiebreakers for an Upper Bracket slot as well, with the team finishing 2 wins below the 4th place squad in its group. Despite putting together a somewhat underwhelming showing on the final day of the Group Stage, RNG will still advance to the Main Event, where the squad will have the opportunity to put together a run on the biggest stage in the Dota 2 world.
Vici Gaming (11-5) (3-1): [Win vs. Natus Vincere, Draw vs. OG]:
Vici Gaming entered Day 4 in 2nd place in the Group B standings, but the Chinese squad was still in need of a few more wins to guarantee itself a place in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. Fortunately, the squad managed to do away with any drama or uncertainty right at the start of the day, taking a 2-0 win over Na’Vi that locked in the team’s spot in the Upper Bracket. From that point, its final series of the day was played for the sake of pride, as Vici Gaming faced off against OG in a series that had no bearing on the group standings. Even so, the Chinese squad put together a solid showing against the Group B leader, claiming a 1-1 draw to close out its Group Stage run with an 11-5 overall record.
Virtus.pro (8-8) (3-1): [Draw vs. Evil Geniuses, Win vs. Fnatic]:
VP entered the final day of Group Stage play in a somewhat precarious position, as the CIS squad had played below expectations with a 5-7 record that had the squad still in danger of being eliminated from TI9. The good news for the squad though was that it was able to turn it on at just the right moment, claiming a 1-1 draw with EG and a 2-0 win over Fnatic to push its way out of the bottom of the Group B standings with an 8-8 overall record. That record proved to be just enough to get the squad over the hump to claim a spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, with the team finishing just 1 win ahead of Infamous, Fnatic, and Na’Vi to avoid a tiebreaker scenario. With that, the squad has hopefully gotten itself past the worst of its issues in Shanghai, as the team can now focus itself upon regrouping and returning to top form in time to make a run at the Main Event.
Main Event Info
After the conclusion of the Group Stage, the 1st place teams from each group were allowed to choose their next opponent from the 3rd or 4th place team in the opposite group (i.e. 1st Group A choose either 3rd or 4th from Group B). The 2nd place team from each group will play against whichever team the 1st place squad did not select. The process is repeated for the Lower Bracket matches, with the 5th place teams from each group selecting their opponent from the 7th or 8th place teams in the opposite group, while the 6th place squad matches up agaisnt the team that was not chosen. With that, the Upper and Lower Bracket Round 1 match ups are as follows:
- PSG.LGD (13-3) vs. Virtus.pro (8-8)
- Vici Gaming (11-5) vs. TNC Predator (9-7)
- OG (14-2) vs. Newbee (9-7)
- Team Secret (11-5) vs. Evil Geniuses (9-7)
- Alliance (8-8) vs. Royal Never Give Up (6-10)
- Fnatic (7-9) vs. Team Liquid (6-10)
- Infamous (7-9) vs. Keen Gaming (5-11)
- Mineski (8-8) vs. Natus Vincere (7-9)